Review: Double Stacked Tacos from Taco Bell
Ever since the news posting of new Double Stacked Tacos from Taco Bell being available in certain test markets, I’ve been looking forward to a wide release. Introducing some new flavors to the Taco Bell menu and keeping the price incredibly low is the perfect way to sell the audience on a new trio of grubbing options.At a price of just $1 each, there’s no question that I’d have to get all three. Seeing that the last product I reviewed was an expensive Taco Bell “premium” item, what better way to balance things out with a great value item that I actually end up enjoying.
With new Double Stacked Tacos, there’s a soft flour tortilla on the outside and a crunchy hard shell on the inside and they’re glued together by a cheese/sauce combination. There are two new sauces being introduced with new Double Stacked Tacos… Habanero and Sweet Chili. The Cool Habanero Double Stacked Taco features your standard crunchy taco with seasoned beef, reduced-fat sour cream, lettuce and cheese inside a soft flour tortilla with melted cheese and new habanero sauce in between the soft tortilla and inner crunchy taco shell. Unfortunately, the “Cool” in the Cool Habanero Double Stacked Taco is just reduced-fat sour cream and it’s completely unbalanced when up against the heat of the habanero sauce. The habanero sauce consists of a concoction of habanero, guajillo, and ancho chili peppers along with garlic, paprika, lime, and vinegar. It comes off as too vinegary and it needed more assistance than the sour cream could supply. A little goes a long way with the habanero sauce so less of it could have been just fine. This taco overwhelmed me with sharp and spicy flavors to make a very one-dimensional taco experience and my least favorite of the three options. 5.50/10The Cheddar Crunch Double Stacked Taco is a crunchy taco with seasoned beef, crunchy red tortilla strips, lettuce and cheese inside a soft flour tortilla with melted cheese and nacho cheese sauce in between the soft tortilla and inner crunchy taco shell. There weren’t any new flavors introduced in the Cheddar Crunch Double Stacked Taco and it was more of a reorganization of ingredients we’ve had in other Taco Bell offerings in the past. We’ve been through all of the seasoned beef, multiple cheeses, tortilla strips mashups… so this is the safe choice and my second favorite of the three. 7.25/10The Sweet & Spicy Double Stacked Taco features a crunchy taco with seasoned beef, new sweet chili sauce, lettuce and cheese in a soft flour tortilla with melted cheese and new habanero sauce in between the soft tortilla and inner crunchy taco shell. This was easily my favorite of the three Double Stacked Tacos. The amount of habanero sauce seemed to be portioned just right with this one and was perfectly balanced by the syrupy sweetness of the new sweet chili sauce (which would feel right at home on the Taco Bell breakfast menu). So the sweet/spicy combination comes through nicely here and its an aptly named taco. The sweet and spicy balance well and sort of become one uniform flavor that also ends up playing off the seasoned beef and cheese in a way where I feel this taco could have been given the personal LTO treatment without the need for two other choices. 8.75/10If you’re familiar with Taco Bell, you’re likely familiar with their Double Decker Tacos or their Cheesy Gordita Crunch family. These products do a great job of combining crunchy and chewy textures and in the process create a taco eating experience that is far less messy than your standard crunchy taco. New Double Stacked Tacos are no different. The grubbing experience is just so much more satisfying when there’s a combination of crunchy and chewy textures. Adding new sauce flavors to the mix on two of the three tacos enhances a somewhat familiar Taco Bell product just enough to be worth recommending… especially at just a dollar a piece.
Pros: Combination of textures. Excellent value. The Sweet & Spicy.
Cons: The Sweet & Spicy version could have been a standalone LTO in my opinion so the Cool Habanero wasn't a good representation of the Double Stacked brand. The Nacho Crunch is just a rehash of familiar ingredients.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $1.00 each
Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10
More Info: tacobell.com
Cool Habanero - 350 calories, 20 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 630 milligrams of sodium, 30 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, 13 grams of protein
Nacho Crunch - 380 calories, 19 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 650 milligrams of sodium, 39 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, 13 grams of protein
Spicy Sweet - 340 calories, 18 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 640 milligrams of sodium, 32 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, 12 grams of protein